BDP was the brainchild of a number of probation officers who saw a need and designed a service to respond to it. A wide range of other individuals and specifically ex-drug users became involved in its development. In 1984 the Bristol area had no specialist services for people who use drugs, and indeed, believed it had no such problem. Funding was secured in 1985 from the then DHSS. A coordinator was appointed in November 1985 and the service, located in the City Centre, opened on the 10th March 1986 with a team of four full-time and one part-time staff.
What we do
Since those early days, BDP has evolved and developed in to a mature and vibrant drugs service that has been serving the community of Bristol for 35 years.
As part of Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service), we provide support to help adults reduce the harm drugs and alcohol can cause and provide outreach and in-reach support for people to access the full range of support offered by ROADS. We also work in partnership with GP Practices to provide alcohol detoxes and opioid substitute prescriptions and detoxes in the community.